Demba Ba walks the walk, then talks the talk

By Lee Ryder on Sep 24, 11 07:07 PM

Demba Ba was pretty much talked out by the time he left St James' Park after emerging as an in-demand after match hero following his hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers.

He talked the talk well, after walking the walk in the Premier League with his first hat-trick in England with media men queuing up for a few words.

Let's be honest, Ba went into the clash with Blackburn under a little bit of pressure after failing to find the net in his first few games.

Yet Ba walked out of St James' Park clutching the match ball which had been signed by all of his team-mates.

Alan Pardew had previously indicated his participation in Ramadan was the reason behind his stuttering start to life in Toon.

However, he produced three very special reasons why fears on the striker front have eased somewhat after a sparkling display against Blackburn.

United strikers were asked to step up to the plate by legends Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Bob Moncur this summer, and a quick check on the goalscorers chart after six league games, sees Ba and Leon Best on three strikes each.

Of course, more need to follow but Ba's big smile on his way out of St James' Park on Saturday night was more than justified.


Chris Gray said:

The doom-mongers seem to have gone quiet – let’s hope that lasts. Wenger said yesterday that football clubs would have to tighten their belts. Absolutely right, and NUFC is leading the way very wisely (although not, obviously, to everyone’s liking). Nobody would claim to like the owner but his strategy is sensible and will reap dividends in the medium and longer term. If only he would communicate … but that’s not going to happen. Pardew deserves a lot of credit for the way things are going. And what about this “paper-thin” squad? Absolute rubbish – we make nine changes in midweek, get some great performances and win the game. How many midfield players do you want? Defence is OK when everyone’s fit – I admit there might be issues if we have any more injuries but there are players who can step in. As for the strikers, the mass hysteria could have been avoided if the club (Pardew in particular) hadn’t gone on and on about getting a striker in. If they’d said “Carroll has gone, we’ve added Ba and if we can get another, fine.” Instead, it seemed that everything hinged on getting one in – that isn’t the case as Ba and Best have shown. But the result was enormous cynicism levelled at the owner, which wasn’t really fair. Newcastle of old would have thrown money away on a Luque or an Owen, and might even have spent £12m on a 30 year old (Crouch). Instead, we have a group of young, hungry players who will do OK and give Pardew something to build on. As you know, Lee, I have posted on here many times to the effect that we need to be patient and sensible and so far I, and others who agree, are being vindicated. However, it is very early days – Blackpool were in the top four, I think, at about this stage last season. But it seems to me we have some real quality and great potential – a decent manager and coaching staff and a realistic strategy. Let’s hope for a full house next home game and may the points keep mounting up.

kennoo said:

hopeful that Ba kicks on and forms a force with Best who could of had a hat trick himself.good game by Tiote and NO booking seems he and Cabaye are on song together.Obertan put in a much improved display so we could have a contest for places .Can only get better h.t.l.

RAFMAG said:

I agree a promising start but I still feel we need the cutting edge up front, it does bother me how many chances Best has wasted this season and they will start to come back to haunt us and lets not get carried away with Ba hatrick, quality first goal true but the second two were hardy a reason to rave about a hatrick hero. I would like see a little triming of the fat in Jan, Whilst Shola has served us well I have always said he is a good player but not a premiership striker (however his brother shows potential and he stays on his feet). If we are going to push on lets do it, we let players like Nolan and Enrique go yet we keep players like shola, sorry does not make sense. I agree with both Chris and Kennoo we have the basis of a good team but thats all. Will we still be so optimistic when the team gets a tasted defeat, will the team bouce back from a hammering from the likes of Man U. I dont want to cast a cloud over optamisim but we have yet to experience the reality check which could yet show our weakneses and inturn turn the season sour. Lets hope we do make a few in and outs in the Jan Window.

Shil said:

We've had false dawns before, lets hope they don't sell BA in the transfer window.

ralybest said:

Having read a numder of comments on the Chronicle webpages and blogs, I am amazed at the cynicism and negativity in a large number of cases. It seems that some so-called supporters simply cannot appreciate that it takes time to build a properly functioning side with consistency. The days of profligacy a la Shepherd and Hall are thankfully behind us and the Keegan policy of buying success at any price is only avilable to those who enjoy? the support of a billionaire. Frankly I think it is immoral and simply wrong to pay a footballer more in a week than our prime minister gets in a year. Until society gets its house in order at least we can protect our own situation by being prudent. Our results so far show this approach is not entirely without merit and with the continued support of the 'real' fans I believe that Newcastle United will be around when others are going to the wall.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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